US Pledges Another $380 Million in Aid for War-Ravaged Syria

Secretary of State John Kerry promised an extra $380 million in international humanitarian efforts for war-devastated Syria on Wednesday.

The money brings the total amount the U.S. has pledged to help provide water, food, medical care and shelter to those affected by the three-year civil war to $1.7 billion.

Kerry made the announcement in Kuwait at an international donor conference intended to help the United Nations reach a $6.5-billion aid target for the crisis -- the largest appeal in the world body's history. Kuwait promised $500 million at the same meeting.

Half of the newly announced funds will go to U.N. programs within Syria, while the rest is for neighboring countries that have taken in some 2.3 million who have fled the country, according to a State Department statement.

The United Nations estimates that the war has set Syria's development back decades, with half of the population now living in poverty and some 9.3 million in the country needing help as a result of the war.